Saturday, June 4, 2016

Putting Names to Dozier’s Forgotten Dead

LMN premieres the documentary special, DEADLY SECRETS: THE LOST CHILDREN OF DOZIER, today, June 3 at 8pm ET/PT, uncovering the dark truths of a story that shocked the nation. The Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida was supposed to be a place where troubled kids could go to straighten out their lives. What these boys found there would instead leave lasting scars and dozens of unexplained deaths. More than 15,000 boys from poor families, ages 5 to 18, were sentenced to this isolated stretch of the Florida panhandle to live and work among the cotton fields.

Since the school opened in 1900 and until it closed in 2011, it has been plagued by allegations of institutionalized beatings, torture, sexual abuse and even murder. Over the years, dozens of grieving families have been left only with the questions about why their beloved boys died mysteriously or simply disappeared. To date, no one individual has ever been held accountable.

In Deadly Secrets: The Lost Children of Dozier, we follow the work of forensic anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle from the University of South Florida, who has made it her personal mission to uncover the truth behind these mysterious deaths and disappearances. With unprecedented access to family members, photography and old records, Dr. Kimmerle and reporter Ben Montgomery expose the truth behind Dozier's missing boys, providing closure to families that have been haunted by this nightmare for decades.

Deadly Secrets: The Lost Children of Dozier is produced by Part2Pictures. Amy Bucher is Executive Producer and Heidi Burke is the Director. Laura Fleury and Jennifer Wagman executive produce for LMN.